The Grand Final of the Geoff Thomas National Cup took place at the Powerleague centre in Birmingham on Sunday 21 November. The tournament was very competitive with regional heats taking place all over the country throughout October.
A team of football legends descended on Birmingham to take on the winners of the final. The chance to face the ex-professional footballers was one of many prizes on offer to the tournament winners and the Top Fundraisers of the 5-a-side charity competition.
Captained by ex-Crystal Palace skipper Geoff Thomas and managed by Crystal Palace legend and BBC pundit Mark Bright, the celebrity team included Wolves and Coventry favourite Steve Frogatt, Wolves, Sunderland and West Brom striker Don Goodman, Wolves and Walsall striker David Kelly, ex-Walsall defender Chris Marsh and Aston Villa winger Tony Daley.
Well-deserved winners of the 2010 Geoff Thomas National Cup were London team ‘Formalities’, who actually also went on to beat the ex-pros 3-1 in a hard fought match! The team won a ‘Wembley Experience’ - five-star hotel accommodation, a tour of the stadium, plus eight match tickets.
This year’s top fundraising team were ‘Ken Eagles’ from Liverpool, who also had the opportunity to play the team of football legends and managed to take them to penalties. Team captain John Rogerson, who led their fundraising efforts, received the fantastic prize of tickets to the highly prestigious Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Awards Dinner as well as eight tickets to a Premier League game.
Congratulations to everyone that took part as £14 from every team entry came directly to the charity. If anyone has more sponsorship to pay in, they can do so by following the directions at the right of this screen.
Watch this space for details on the 2011 event!